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Old 02-23-2014, 10:34 PM   #11
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You know, there are PC forums and even laptop forums. You might lurk a few to see which ones are strong in hardware, then join and throw out this question. You may find someone who knows your Toshiba inside out and which motherboards will work. The right Intel boards should fit too but that's the trick, finding out which fit.

Earlier it was mentioned that Windows configuration on your HDD may not like the new hardware. But it should boot in Safe Mode and then you can add the right drivers but not from the Internet as Safe Mode just brings up basic functions. With your new laptop you could get the drivers and transfer them to the old laptop via a thumb drive. Anyway, unless things are radically different you shouldn't have to reinstall Windows. Another complication is Windows may need reactivation and you may have to explain to Microsoft that you're not moving Windows to a different computer, just replacing the motherboard.
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Changing the MOBO is not like changing a HD. First you have to find the exact board for your laptop. Modern motherboards are all in one MOBO's. In other words all the parts your computer needs to function come on the MOBO, which further complicates installation.

Find another computer. It's time for you to meet mr windows 8.1.
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Yeah, HDD = hard disk drive. And on most computers the OS is installed on the HDD (an exception would be recent high end machines that have a SSD, basically a flash ram drive). Putting the laptop HDD in a case, as you did, is a good way to move your data to a new computer.

Installing a motherboard in a desktop is physically easy if both are industry standard architecture and roughly the same vintage. Laptops are proprietary and may change year to year so there could be trouble just getting the board to fit much less work. I'm confident replacing motherboards in desktops but with a $450 laptop that dies a few years down the road, I'd be looking at a new one. If you want to dink around with it and motherboards aren't too expensive, go for it. But watch out, you can get too much money invested in an old machine when the newer, faster one doesn't cost much more.
As above by the time you buy the specific parts to repair you'd probably do better going for another machine. I needed a laptop for my shop so went on ebay and in computer parts they have some machines that were retired without HDD and or other parts (missing parts) Bought a Dell 620 without hard drive and caddy for almost nothing. It had the windows logo sticker on back with os serial so no problem buying a drive and reloading the os. I think I had around a hundred in the whole thing. Just loaded win 8.1 into it and have no complaints about its performance. Hope this helps.
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I didn't want to step on Annas' electronics thread. I have a Toshiba satellite L655D-S5050 that quit working just after the warranty expired. The shop said the motherboard was bad. I was playing around on ebay and found all kinds of motherboards and all kinds of prices.

I took mine apart got the motherboard out and went back to ebay. There is a number embossed on the board just below what I think is the memory card. I have found some boards with similar numbers, none that are the same. The pictures look just like mine. How do I tell which ones will work.

I readily admit that I am way over my head here, but figured that a little education might be worth time it took to take it apart. Here is a picture.
Just think of it as dogs in a sled race and its easy to understand, F3u, lol
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As above by the time you buy the specific parts to repair you'd probably do better going for another machine. I needed a laptop for my shop so went on ebay and in computer parts they have some machines that were retired without HDD and or other parts (missing parts) Bought a Dell 620 without hard drive and caddy for almost nothing. It had the windows logo sticker on back with os serial so no problem buying a drive and reloading the os. I think I had around a hundred in the whole thing. Just loaded win 8.1 into it and have no complaints about its performance. Hope this helps.

I kinda figured this would be the case. One of those things that "seemed like a good idea at the time" I don't really need it just thought it was worth a try.


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Just think of it as dogs in a sled race and its easy to understand, F3u, lol
You mean " if you ain't the lead dog the view never changes" ???
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I didn't want to step on Annas' electronics thread...
Where be yon electronics thread? I've searched to no avail.
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I kinda figured this would be the case. One of those things that "seemed like a good idea at the time" I don't really need it just thought it was worth a try.




You mean " if you ain't the lead dog the view never changes" ???
Check this site out, a lot of good information:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/
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Check this site out, a lot of good information:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/
Thanks, I bookmarked it.
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